This past Saturday I was privileged to present “Alice and Her Intended Audience” at the Fall Meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America along with three former students. After giving an overview of my teaching approach to the book — consisting of reading aloud, games, poetry recitations, tea parties, caucus races, and more — I turned the floor over to the students. First Jake, now in 7th grade, read his “Chaper 5 1/2: House of the Rabbits.” He explain that he had wanted to explore Carroll’s language in his own way. The result is a brilliant and unique creation; he begins by making the White Rabbit a female, provides generaous adventure, and some elegant original poetry as well. I hope the story can be published in total one day (perhaps in the Knight Letter?) for all to see. He was followed by 5th graders Zach and Katalin who described their favorite parts of the unit from last year (mostly playing croquet and the caucus race) and then performed their part of last year’s radio play. The three were the hit of the meeting!
For those in attendance and others interested here are a few links:
- I showed a couple of student book trailers. You can see them and more here: Student Alice in Wonderland Book Trailers.
- I also shared a few imaginary letters student had written. You can see them all here: Student Letters to Carroll and his Characters.
- Finally, Zach and Katalin performed the opening of last year’s class’s radio play. You can listen to all if it here: An Alice in Wonderland Radio Play.